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Events and courses

Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:

11th August 2014: Food Growing Skills - Harvest Time

Part of our monthly series of training days on a Monday that are centred around skills in growing food. Fully funded by The Big Lottery's Awards for All and the Friends of Skelton Grange, this means that people can access this training at no cost to them. We’ll be covering some allotment based skills in preparing the soil, thinking about crop rotation and sowing and transplanting seeds, as well as sessions on fruit trees, and fungi! The sessions will be hands on and we are happy for people to share their own ideas and experiences, but complete beginners are also very welcome! Please arrive from 10:00am for a cup of tea and a 10:30am start.Sessions run until 3:30/4pm . Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather. Click here to book your free place

13th August 2014: Bat Survey

Friends of Skelton Grange are delighted to offer a series of wildlife surveying events at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds this summer!

The first is our bat survey, to find out more about some of the nocturnal residents of Skelton Grnage. Experienced and complete beginners very welcome - its a chance to help survey the dark skies for flying mammals. Ecologist Jennie Caddick from Haycock and Jay Associates will be on hand to help with some identifcation tips and to show people how to use the bat detectors. The session is free to attend thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Award for All programme. Click here to book your free place

19th August 2014: Harvest Festival Evening

Friends of Skelton Grange are delighted to host a harvest festival evening celebration as part of a series of food growing introductory courses at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds. Tuesday 19th August 4pm-8.30pm Everybody welcome! The session is free to attend thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Award for All programme Click here to book your free place

20th August 2014: Butterfly Survey

Friends of Skelton Grange are delighted to offer a series of wildlife surveying events at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds this summer! Experienced and complete beginners very welcome.... Weds 20th August 11am - 1pm. The session is free to attend thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Award for All programme Click here to book your free place

CANCELLED 21st and 22nd August 2014: Moth Survey

Sorry, we have had to cancel this event at short notice due to circumstances beyond our control.

27th Aug 2014: Into the wilderness! 2 day adventure (1 night sleepover)       FULLY BOOKED

Set in beautiful private woodland near Leeds, two packed days of woodland crafts, games, campfire cooking and the opportunity to build your own shelter and sleep out in it.

Drop-off: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 at 08:00

Pick-up: Thursday, 28 August 2014 at 18:00

£75 for two days and one night.

Click here to make a booking.

29th August 2014: Meadow cutting & scything

Part of our series of our series of traditional skills workshops- Niels Corfield from Edible Cities will be coming in to run an introduction to traditional scythe skills using an Austrian Scythe. Fully funded by The Big Lottery's Awards for All and the Friends of Skelton Grange, this means that people can access this training at no cost to them. The sessions will be hands on and we are happy for people to share their own ideas and experiences, but complete beginners are also very welcome! Please arrive from 9:30am for a cup of tea and a 10:00am start.Sessions run until 3:30/4pm . Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather. Click here to book your free place

5th Sept 2014: Woodland crafts & skills

Part of our series of our series of traditional skills workshops - a day of woodland skills including spoon carving, green woodwork, firelighting skills and hazel hurdle making (with Geoff Norton from Yorkshire Hurdles).  Fully funded by The Big Lottery's Awards for All and the Friends of Skelton Grange, this means that people can access this training at no cost to them. The sessions will be hands on and we are happy for people to share their own ideas and experiences, but complete beginners are also very welcome! Please arrive from 9:30am for a cup of tea and a 10:00am start.Sessions run until 3:30/4pm . Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather. Click here to book your free place

8th September 2014: Food Growing Skills

Part of our monthly series of training days on a Monday that are centred around skills in growing food. Fully funded by The Big Lottery's Awards for All and the Friends of Skelton Grange, this means that people can access this training at no cost to them. We’ll be covering some allotment based skills in preparing the soil, thinking about crop rotation and sowing and transplanting seeds, as well as sessions on fruit trees, and fungi! The sessions will be hands on and we are happy for people to share their own ideas and experiences, but complete beginners are also very welcome! Please arrive from 10:00am for a cup of tea and a 10:30am start.Sessions run until 3:30/4pm . Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather. Click here to book your free place

11th Sept 2014: Willow Deer workshop with Phil Bradley

Date: Thursday, 11th Sept 2014   Time: 10am - 4pm

Cost: £65 (incl VAT) per person, including tea, coffee, tools and materials.   Click here to make a booking.

Master willow weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him very much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange for another willow weaving and sculpture workshop! During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own.

Feedback from a previous participant ”A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company in a beautiful eco centre and natural environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstrating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds in Cumbria.

12th September 2014: Outdoor performance evening

An evening of outdoor performance and celebration...more details to follow

20th Sept 2014: Wild Food Walk

Enjoy foraging and tasting wild food at Skelton Grange, with Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds... The Wild Food Walk will take place on Saturday 20th September, when berries & nuts should be plentiful along with some fungi and other plants of great culinary interest. The event will be from 12-4pm and include time for food and socialising. Craig will pre-prepare some food items to share with you as well as the foragings from the event, and has promised to bring in a selection of homemade jams, jellies, pickles and drinks! Cost £30 per adult, £15 for under 16's. Click here to book

4th Oct 2014: Skelton Grange Annual Open Day!

Loads of activities for children and adults! Food is also available from our famous tea & cake stall and Dragon Fired cob oven - more information...

18th October 2014: Family Bushcraft Adventure

Want to come and join in the fun? Then grown ups and kids can come and set up camp together and spend a day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making. The cost per adult for the day is £25 and each child (aged 6-16 years) £15, and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm. "The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills." "It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!" Click here to book your places

19th Oct 2014: Fungi Foray

Explore and taste a medley of mushrooms at Skelton Grange, with Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds...The Fungi Foray will take place on Sunday 19th October, from 10am-1pm and include time for food and socialising. We never know how many fungus types we will find, as nature will dictate that and hopefully will be kind! Craig will bring along some extra edible fungus and we can look at some of those and cook them up. He will also bring in some pickles and assorted mushroom based goodies. Cost £30 per adult, £15 for under 16's. Click here to book

27th October 2014:   Half term Bushcraft Adventure Day for 8-12 yr olds

Want to come and join in the fun? Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included: shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making. The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.Click here to book your places

29th-31st Oct 2014: Half term Zombie Apocalypse

An evening of fear, intrigue and interactive adventure for groups, intrepid individuals or families with older children. Come and find out what is really going on at the Skelton Grange Research Centre, where strange sightings, missing people and terrifying noises have been reported...

Word from a survivor of last year's invasion: "We had a fab night, scared to death last night" For more information and to book for this year please click here

Weds 29th October

Thurs 30th October

Fri 31st October

12th-13th Nov 2014: 'Landscapes' with Mimika Theatre

Dates: Weds 12th and Thurs 13th November 2014

A theatre of remarkable visual effects and transformations all set inside a beautiful calico dome, 'Landscapes' takes us on a journey around the globe absorbing the atmosphere, movements, rhythms and sounds of four contrasting areas of the natural world - desert, sea, rainforest and the Antarctic. Performances for schools during the daytime and the public in the evening - full details can be found here.

15th Nov 2014: Flying Shavings Reindeer Workshop

Learn how to use a shave horse and other green woodworking skills whilst creating your very own reindeer for the coming winter season! Working in a small group in the Skelton Grange Environment Centre woods, you will be guided by traditional craftsman Richard Law of Flying Shavings, whose courses are very popular. There will be two sessions available on Saturday 15th November at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Cost of £35 includes materials, tools and a steaming bowl of veggie soup heated on the rocket stove accompanied by a home-baked wholemeal roll.Minimum age 9 years. Click here to book

 

Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We can design and deliver custom made courses just for your school. In the past we have run the above courses in house and have also designed courses around 'Getting the whole school gardening' and 'Getting started with outdoor learning - a mixture of practical and theory'. Courses can last a half or whole day (and can be run as twilight sessions). They can be run here at Skelton Grange or in your own school grounds. Contact us for prices and availablity.

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.